New Delhi: In an unusual move, the Delhi Police on Friday, stopped and questioned guests attending the Pakistan National Day event at the High Commission in the national capital- often enquiring the reason for attending an event that the government boycotted.

The Delhi Police posed various questions and barred the entrance to the Pakistan High Commission until duly answered, reports suggest. The police personnel also took down names, phone number and contact addresses of several guests and those who did not yield were sent back.

Speaking to media, a senior Delhi Police official said, “The government boycotted the event. However, there were people who came for it. In such circumstances, it was important to note the details of people who were present there and to ascertain reasons for their presence.”

The government on Thursday decided to not send their representative, objecting to invites extended to several separatist leaders from Jammu and Kashmir.

“I have been coming to Pakistan Day reception for the last several years. But for the first time, I am facing such harassment. This is totally uncalled for,” said a retired IAS officer who wished not to be named.

Another guest said, “Even after the Kargil conflict, we had not faced such harassment.”

Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted:

Khan further wrote, “I welcome PM Modi’s message to our people. As we celebrate Pakistan Day I believe it is time to begin a comprehensive dialogue with India to address & resolve all issues, esp the central issue of Kashmir, & forge a new relationship based on peace & prosperity for all our people.”


With PTI inputs